Decorating with Blue: Pantone’s Color of the Year is Classic Blue

Every year Pantone releases their much-anticipated “Color of the Year,” and this year, they’ve picked Classic Blue! There’s been a lot of talk about it ever since the release last month, both for and against. Pantone’s official statement says that it “reflects our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” And decorating with blue is clearly very popular these days.

However, some designers and experts have come out swinging! They think it’s too predictable and boring. Or worse yet, safe.


Pantone color of the year 2020 Classic Blue


But I actually agree with Pantone. I think it’s a cooling and calming color, and that it gives a sense of peacefulness to any room. That may translate as “safe” to some, but to me, it is everything I want my home to be. 

Blue is not only peaceful, but also soothing in a way almost no other color is (with the possible exception of green – another favorite of mine!)

I’ve started decorating with blue, and I love the way it cheers up any space. It also plays well with others! It’s great with neutrals and brown, and it’s gorgeous with green! So if you don’t want to commit to a whole room or any major pieces of furniture, you can use just a pop to add life to your home.

Now I do lean toward a slightly softer version of blue than the Classic Blue they chose, but really, is there any shade that doesn’t remind you of the sea and the sky and lift your spirits?


Decorating with Blue


decorating with blue gorgeous living room velvet chairs ginger jars

A gorgeous all-blue room via Williams Sonoma. Love the rug!!


gorgeous blue and white master bedroom pillows bedding

Via Jane at Home.


French country farmhouse inspired neutral living room with pops of blue

It’s so good in a neutral room! Love these blue velvet chairs! The Refined Group via Houzz. 



Using Just a Pop of Blue


white entry way with pops of blue pillow french settee staircaseVivid pops of blue via Better Homes & Gardens.


decorating with blue pillow on white sofa farmhouse table

A gorgeous indigo pillow adds texture and color to a neutral space. Design by Brooke Giannetti via Velvet & Linen.


white kitchen with blue French range stove subway tile copper pots

A blue range!! Via Better Homes & Gardens.


gorgeous blue and white dining room parsons chairs farmhouse table

Such a cute dining room. And what a statement just a simple but bold blue bowl makes! Burnham Design via Coastal Living.



Adding Blue with Ginger Jars


decorating with blue gorgeous outdoor space with white sofa and ginger jars

One of my favorite blue and white images of all time! Pure gorgeousness via Mary McDonald.


gorgeous outdoor space daybed with blue pillows Design by Summer Thornton via 1st Dibs.


blue and white ginger jars on entry way table gorgeous vignette French country style

Gorgeous collection on an entry way table. Via Ballard Designs.


dining room with blue and white ginger jars and plates on wall crystal chandelier

Stunning room by Emily Hertz via The Glitter Guide.



Tile is a Great Way to Bring in the Color Blue!


decorating with blue tile in bathroom gold mirror powder room designNeed I say more?! Design by Mark D. Sikes via House Beautiful.


gorgeous patio outdoor space with blue and white tile Tiled patio via Emily Henderson



A Blue Front Door is Always Charming!


decorating with blue ideas front door

Via Southern Living.


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Pantone's color of the year 2020 Classic blue decorating ideas

To me, blue is timeless and beautiful – in any shade! What do you think of decorating with Pantone’s Color of the Year? Are you a fan of blue, too?




If you liked this post you might want to check out my post all about Violet: Pantone’s Color of the Year from a couple years ago!


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  1. We painted our interior doors blue. Total game changer and looks great!

  2. Marie Economus says:

    Love blue and white! I am still not sure where to put my blue and white ginger jars ! I now have them on sides of my fireplace. Orange is our pop color . I am really confused!

    1. I’m so glad you love it too! And I say put those anywhere!! I love mine and have them in the living room, dining room, master bedroom and I’ve even put them in the kitchen. They just work anywhere!!

  3. Gorgeous! Blue has always been my favorite color. It’s ageless.
    And that blue range! Wow!

    1. So true!! And yes, that range is beyond isn’t it?!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Sheila, those designers are crazy if they think blue is boring. After nearly seven years of all white rooms any amount of color is exciting LOL!

    Iā€™m sure the blue you add will look lovely – be sure to shows us the pictures!

    1. Haha that is true isn’t it?! I did add some last summer, but I’m planning to do a little more and I will be sure to share when I do!


  5. I love BLUE. Have had it in my home for years, even when it went out of style and was so hard to find in retail stores. Guess you can say I’m True Blue. Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures.

    1. Haha I love it!! “True Blue” is a good paint color name don’t you think?! Here’s to the timelessness of blue!


  6. Such pretty pictures! I have wanted to add blue to my very neutral living room….linens, creams, wood, grey rockwork fireplace, for quite some time. I especially love the pics by Velvet and Linen, Houzz, and Summer Thornton. Thanks for the inspiration, Sheila!

    1. Oh I’m so glad you found it inspiring Jeanine!! I think blue would look lovely in your neutral room!


  7. Alice Genzlinger says:

    Blue in small doses is beautiful. I like to use it by staging vignettes with ginger jars etc but not to use blue by painting walls blue or blue furniture.
    Blue pillows , or patterned blue rugs can be beautiful when used correctly. Emily Hendersons use of blue tile on the patio is perfect. Not overdone elsewhere on the patio.

    1. So glad you think so too Alice! And yes – I think her patio tile is amazing!! It really makes her space pop!

      thanks so much for stopping by!


  8. Decorating with the color blue is my absolute favorite color to used. Love it grouping of the vases. Outstanding!

    1. I’m so glad you love it too Deena! Ginger jars are one of my favorite things, too!


  9. I LOVE blue, and you can’t argue the fact that it is classic. Blue mixes well with just about every color so those that feel it’s too safe can add other colors for pop

    1. Yes, Donna, I couldn’t agree more! It’s great with neutrals and browns, and it’s so good with greens!